Ha. Man, I am already kept humble by my brothers in the dojo. I have 2 guys who will be testing for their yonkyu when I am testing for my sankyu. One is a 280lb guy (no kidding!) who is also traditional jj black belt, and the other is a 6' 210 pounder who is also a bjj blue belt. At 5'8" and 185 I only manage to throw or submit/pin them about 1 time for every 2 or 3 they do me. So, I will be doing no strutting. Just working hard to be worthy of a sankyu! lol
Good stuff, working with the big men is always a good test of whether you can or can not. Out of my 3 fights to go from 0 kyu to 3rd kyu I had to fight a guy who was 286 lbs when I was 200lb, lol. I was super lucky and when I tried to hold him down he rolled out and allowed me on top to choke him out with Hadaka jime.
Anyway sounds like you have your feet firmly on the ground. Best of luck with the test, I hope you pass with flying colours.
Make sure you don't forget to post a "I gotz mah sankyu!" or "I gotz mah FAIL!" thread after the grading! ;-)
Alright, time for an update. First, here are the testing requirements.
Now, mostly I feel confident. However, Sensei tends to teach through the gokyo waza, and since we have a lot of beginners, we have spent most of our time on the first 8 throws. Hence, there are a few throws I will be tested on that I have not practiced much, and one (hane goshi) that I have never even been taught! lol The newaza should be no problem, since we are a newaza heavy club. Though, I never use ude gatame (and at first confused it with ude garami).
SANKYU (Brown Belt)
1. General Requirements
(a) Good moral character and maturity
(b) Regular practice and attendance
(c) Time in grade:
(1) Competitor: three (3) months
(2) Non-competitor: six (6) months
2. Examination Requirements
(a) Written examination with a minimum passing score of 50%
3. Shiai/Promotional Point Requirements
(a) Ten (10) points
4. Demonstration Requirements
(a) Ukemi, Kumikata, Shisei, Shintai, Kuzushi, Taisabaki
(b) Nage Waza:
(1) Hiza Guruma
(2) Harai Goshi
((a)) Ippon Seoinage( sensei'schoice)
((b)) Morote Seoinage
(4) Ko Uchi Gari
(5) Tai Otoshi
(6) Hane Goshi
(7) Tomoe Nage
(c) Osae Komi Waza:
(1) Kuzure Kata Gatame
(2) Kuzure Kesa Gatame
(3) Kuzure Yoko Shiho Gatame
(4) Kuzure Kami Shiho Gatame
(d) Shime Waza:
(1) Kataha Jime
(2) Okuri Eri Jime
(e) Kansetsu Waza:
(1) Juji Gatame
(2) Ude Gatame
(f) Renraku Waza:
(1) Ko Uchi Gari to Harai Goshi
(2) O Uchi Gari to Tai Otoshi
(3) O Uchi Gari to Ko Uchi Gari
(g) Kaeshi Waza:
(1) One (1) Kaeshi Waza (choice)
(h) Achieve an average score of 4 on demonstration
I will be testing before a panel of 3, one of which is my Sensei. There will also be randori at the end, during which they will judge my use of kuzushi, grips, movement, etc.
Would love to hear some feedback, thoughts and advice.
Watch this video.
Re-read my piece on practising combinations.
Best of luck.
Helpful, as always. Thanks.
Cheers. Putting up an article tonight on drilling on the blog. If I have the energy will try and bust out a 'What's the difference' on Uchi mata and Hane goshi for you.
Good luck with the grading mate, let us know how you get on :)
Best of luck with the grading. I can confirm that you will indeed have more power than you could possibly imagine at sankyu, which then increases 10 fold at nikyu and every rank there after, or so I've been told.
Regarding the 10 shiai points required, I'm assuming that you guys do points differently over there? In the UK we get 10 points for an ippon on a competitor of equal or greater rank, and you need 20 points to get your sankyu, along with the theory requirments.
best of luck to you, on the test. I'll bust an Ippon Seionage on Sam Adams tonight, to toast your success.
When you pass, you can get a neon green gi, with ZAKKENAYO in giant sequined lettering across the shoulders.